Leila Kenzle

Actor, Hotel telephone operator
This pert, diminutive actor played Jamie Buchman's (Helen Hunt) best friend and business partner Fran Devanow on the hit NBC sitcom "Mad About You" from 1992 to 1998. Kenzle's career began in the New York theater. Her ... Read more »
Born: 07/15/1960 in Patchogue, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (22)

Enemies of Laughter 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

Identity 2003 (Movie)

Alice (Actor)

Judging Amy 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Diagnosis Murder 1992 - 1998, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Felicity 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Hot Chick 2002 (Movie)

Julie (Actor)

The Nanny 1992 - 1998, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1992 - 1998, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

White Oleander 2002 (Movie)

Ann Greenway (Actor)

DiResta 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Happy Hour 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Love American Style 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Mad About You 1992 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Friends 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Something Wilder 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Princesses 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Other People's Money 1991 (Movie)

Marcia (Actor)

The World According to Straw 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Cosby Show 1989 (Tv Show)

Actor

All She Ever Wanted (TV Show)

Actor

Dogmatic (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

This pert, diminutive actor played Jamie Buchman's (Helen Hunt) best friend and business partner Fran Devanow on the hit NBC sitcom "Mad About You" from 1992 to 1998. Kenzle's career began in the New York theater. Her turning point came when she was cast as a stripper in the off-Broadway production of "Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding". Heading to Los Angeles, she quickly found work in the first of five TV pilots she would eventually make. Kenzle landed a recurring role as the sister of Fran Drescher's character on the short-lived series "Princesses" (CBS, 1991-92) and made guest appearances on "The Golden Girls", "thirtysomething" and "The Cosby Show". Her feature film debut came in Norman Jewison's "Other People's Money" (1991).

Relationships

Marion Gonzales

Sister
older

Kurt Kenzle

Father

Lee Kenzle

Mother

Neil Monaco

Husband
met while performing together in "Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding" married in April 1994

EDUCATION

Rutgers State University

New Brunswick , New Jersey 1979 - 1984
dropped out after a semester; diagnosed as agoraphobic; after therapy returned to complete her degree; attended Mason Gross School of the Arts Conservatory

Milestones

1991

Feature film debut, "Other People's Money"

1991

TV series debut in recurring role, "Princesses"

1990

TV debut in a comedy pilot, "The World According to Straw"

1990

Episodic TV debut, in a guest spot, "The Golden Girls"

1989

Appeared in L.A. production of "Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding"

1987

Cast as a stripper in the off-Broadway production of "Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding"

Co-starred in the UPN sitcom "DiResta"

TV debut in a regular role, "Mad About You"; played Fran Devanow on the NBC sitcom

Bonus Trivia

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Unprepared for the demands of drama school, Kenzle dropped out of Rutgers after one semester and was later diagnosed as suffering from agoraphobia. After entering therapy, she conquered her panic attacks and fears and returned to complete her degree.

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